Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (AS) is the resting place of Imam al-Husayn (AS), some people from Banu Hashim and some of his Martyrs of Karbala in the Event of Karbala, who were martyred on Muharram 10th, 61/October 10, 680 in a battle with the army of Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad.
Al-Mukhtar al-Thaqafi made the first building on Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) grave. The building was later reconstructed, repaired, and developed by Shias and followers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS), especially kings and governors.
Visiting Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine is a Shia practice recommended in Shia hadiths. Most visitors or pilgrims congregate in Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine on Ashura, Arbaeen, and Sha’ban 15th. In Shia fiqh or jurisprudence, there are rulings specific to Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine and his soil.
Many hadiths have emphasized the importance of visiting Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine. Such an emphasis is not made on visiting the shrines of other Imams. Some hadiths have even made it obligatory to visit Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine.
According to a hadith from Imam al-Baqir (AS), “if people knew what advantages there are to visiting Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) mausoleum, they would die out of passion”. He then added: “whoever visits al-Husayn (AS) out of passion, he would be rewarded like a thousand accepted hajjs and a thousand rewarded umras and a thousand martyrs of the Battle of Badr and a thousand days of fasting and a thousand accepted charities and a thousand emancipations of slaves for the sake of God”.
Shias frequently visit Imam al-Husayn’s (AS) shrine. Most pilgrims of the shrine gather on days of Ashura, Arbaeen, and Sha’ban 15 in Karbala.